The Good Shepherd Center, a Hazel Crest-based
The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St.in Oak Forest.
The event will feature the latest fashion trends from local children and models as they express themselves through the art of fashion with the help of local retailers. Support the mission of GSC in being a community advocate for children and adults, with and without disabilities, by providing support, service, and education that empower individuals and families to lead exceptional lives.
GSC was founded in 1963 as a school for children with disabilities and their families. The Director of Development, Kristen Bonk says GSC was a pioneer in serving children at that time, as educational/therapy programs were rare for young children in their first critical five years of life.
“Since that time, the agency has evolved into a multi-service agency now serving children and adults with and without disabilities as well as their families.” Bonk said.
Tickets for the Fashion show are $45 for adults and $23 for children 12 and younger. A table of 10 costs $425 and offers priority seating.
Volunteers for the event as well as monetary or gift donations for the silent auction are requested.
One of GSC’s most sought after programs is its In-home Respite Care Program.
“While it’s not an entitlement program, it does provide short-term, intermittent care to persons with developmental disabilities in their natural family, guardian, or foster family home; thereby affording relief to the primary caregiver,” Bonk said.
The GSC Respite Care Program serves individuals who live in south Suburban Cook and northern Will counties, as well as families that reside in the Chicago neighborhoods of Mt. Greenwood and Beverly. There is no age limit for services, but onset of a disability must be prior to age 18. A client must have a developmental diagnosis of Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, or intellectual disability.
--Submitted by Good Shepherd Center